Sunday, April 26, 2015

Scotland - Loch Lomond

The last of the over-wintering Pink Footed Geese - we saw a flock thinking of landing at the Loch Lomond nature reserve, but they circled and flew off north - off back home we thought. But in fact when we got back to our cottage, there they all were in the field!

A big skein of Whooper Swans navigating along the loch from Inversnaid.

Golden Eagles from Inversnaid and Dollar. 

A Black Grouse lek - 3 males and 2 females near the Whangie car park...we'd had a 5am wake-up so delighted at our success.

Other notables: Curlew outside the cottage, heard first chiffchaff of the year (too early for Pied Flycatchers), Goldeneye, Goosander, GCG on the loch, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks on the hills, a Reed Bunting in the Ochills.

Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper, Pied Wagtail around the loch.

Eider, Redshank at Helensburgh.